Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z start getting the KitKat update

As we reported last month, the Android 4.4 KitKat update is now rolling out for the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z. Sony has announced the rollout of the update through a blog post.

The update rollout is starting gradually with select countries first and more to follow, so we’ll suggest you to be patient if the update is not live in your region yet.


In addition to the features Android 4.4 KitKat brings, Sony has added its very own updates for these devices. Check out the official changelog from Sony below:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing improved performance & user interface (UI) optimisation…
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens. You’ll also spot a revamped Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (also with a fresh new look)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • As you might expect, we’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for one and all… some of our favourites look like:
    • Messaging – a few UI adjustments here & there, including a slicker “send” animation, and deeper Emoji support for some expressive fun… also worth noting, you’ll find smileys wherever there’s an app with a keyboard icon_smile  icon_smile
    • Email – you’ll be able to both load and see more mails… but don’t fret, navigation of said load is easier with a more responsive viewing pane – split screen modes divide info for easy digest… especially useful / works a treat on Xperia Tablet Z
    • Smart Social Camera – our social imaging experience makes its debut on our first Z Series devices; a selection of Xperia Camera apps directly accessible from your viewfinder… including personal favourite “Creative Effect”, and more for download to boot!
    • Battery STAMINA Mode – level-upping our unique power management feature, bringing smarter data management & more for prolonging your juice
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app– enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future.

Sony plans on bringing the Android 4.4 KitKat update to Xperia T2 Ultra, E1 and M2  next and that should happen sometime in July. As always, we’ll keep you posted, till then, tell us if you received the KitKat update on your Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z?